Happy 2016!

8th January 2016

So 2016 has swooped down upon me like a sudden and ravenous hawk and I find myself scrabbling for a new diary. It’s weird to think I’ve been a published writer for nearly a year – a year that’s gone by so very quickly.

2015 was a brilliant time for me. Seeing my book in the shops (thanks to everyone who sent me photos of STARBORN in the wild) was truly the best thing ever and this year heralds the publication of the paperback and book two in the Worldmaker series.

The paperback will be out 28th January. I’ve just received my author copies and can assure you that they are genuinely gorgeous. If you’re a fan of classic coming of age fantasy in the style of Trudi Canavan / David Eddings, I hope you’ll check it out 🙂

To those who read and enjoyed STARBORN – thank you for your encouragement and support. It means a great deal to a new writer and I hope you’ll like the second book as much. It’s called HEARTLAND and will be published 30th June. I can’t wait to show you the cover – watch this space!

I’ll be at the usual fantasy haunts this year including Nine Worlds in August and Fantasycon in September – hoping to see lots of you there 🙂 In the meantime on Tues 19th Jan it’s the Fantasy Authors Evening at Blackwell’s Holborn. No fewer than 3 of my fav authors (Jen Williams, Den Patrick & Edward Cox) will be there to celebrate the launch of Den’s new book, The Girl on the Liar’s Throne. It promises to be a fabulous evening. Here’s the FB event page with all the details.


Last but not least, my book and I are eligible for the British Fantasy Awards 2016 under the categories BEST FANTASY NOVEL and BEST NEWCOMER. Voting is open to members of the British Fantasy Society, everyone who went to Fantasycon 2015 and all those going this year. You can have 3 choices per category. The form can be found here.

If you’re looking for suggestions, there’s a handy spreadsheet of eligible works right here.

January sees me embarking on the odyssey that is Book 3, both an exciting and terrifying prospect. It also sees me getting seriously distracted by Jen Williams’ last book in the Copper Cat series, The Silver Tide. I’ve been itching to get my hands on this one for a while now.

Another book I’ve just read is Angel of Storms by Trudi Canavan, second in the Millenium’s Rule trilogy. If you enjoyed Thief’s Magic, Angel of Storms is even better. Here’s my review on Fantasy Faction.

So: a pretty great start to the year. I hope 2016 is good to you all.

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